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I love autumn. It’s my favorite season — the air is brisk, though the sun is still warm, and the sky  — so dramatic. And the colors!  Oh, the gorgeous colors of fall, so fabulous, yet so short-lived.  It’s a glorious, bittersweet time of year, made all the more so because of its brevity.

I spent some time this afternoon reveling in it, walking through a tree laden park just outside the Ramada Ojibway hotel where we’re staying tonight in Sault Ste. Marie.  The trees here in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are wearing their fall colors and the ground is littered with the colorful crunch of leaves shaken loose from winds that blow along the Soo Locks canal.

Some interesting “gee whiz” facts about the locks: More than 11,000 vessels, carrying up to 90 million tons of cargo pass through the Soo Locks every year according to the Visitors’ Info Guide.  Many different types of vessels lock through the system — large 1,000 foot ships carry more than 72,000 tons of freight in a single load.  Most cargo contained in these ships is either iron ore, coal, grain, or stone. The slide show below explains more, and gives you a view of autumn, glorious autumn. Hovering your cursor at the bottom of each photo will reveal the pause button. The gals in the photos are Elizabeth Letchworth, Luan Francis, and yours truly, sporting a black leather newsboy cap I found for $2 in a local consignment shop across the street from the hotel!

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